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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Darkest Hour by Anthony McCarten, read by Sean Barrett.

From the prize-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, this is a cinematic, behind-the-scenes account of a crucial moment which takes us inside the mind of one of the world's greatest leaders - and provides a revisionist, more rounded portrait of his leadership.

May 1940. Britain is at war, European democracies are falling rapidly and the public are unaware of this dangerous new world. Just days after his unlikely succession to Prime Minister, Winston Churchill faces this horror - and a sceptical King and a party plotting against him. He wonders how he can capture the public mood and does so magnificently before leading the country to victory.

It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched, gripping day-by-day (and often hour-by-hour) narrative. In doing so he revises the familiar view of Churchill - he made himself into the iconic figure we remember and changed the course of history, but through those turbulent and dangerous weeks he was plagued by doubt and even explored a peace treaty with Nazi Germany. It's a scarier and more human story than has ever been told.

©2017 Anthony McCarten (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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  • Jo
  • 01-27-18

Educational and Inspirational

Enjoyed the insights into his formative years and their repercussions for his behavior pattern. Particularly like how the author delved into these events and how they affected his speech writing abilities. Churchill is humanized, yet his impact on history isn't diminished.

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  • mat brown
  • 01-19-18

Awesome insight into

Churchill’s humanity

If the film is as half as good as this book it’s going to be a corker!!

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  • Penny
  • 01-16-18

Superb

I loved The Darkest Hour by Anthony McCarten, the background to Churchill's beginnings as the new Prime Minister in May 1940 when Hitler was advancing through Europe and decisions he had to make as troops were being evacuated from Dunkirk. It is how he overcame the pressures from Halifax and Chamberlain to attempt to negotiate with the Italians, and how Churchill became the Churchill that took us through the war.
Brilliantly read by Sean Barrett, hope you enjoy it.

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  • MANDOLIN
  • 02-07-18

History brought to life

Great story, splendid narration, the machinations of politics, the futility of war and the power of speech at its best.

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  • viletrog
  • 01-14-18

Better than I thought

I'm not a fan of the Churchills..think Winston was a chancer, and was capricious, when it came to the lives of working class people..we were fodder, Tony Pandy, where he had police shoot miners, and his failed battle in Turkey, not a very nice character, given his history..plus, Thatcher liked him, which confirmed my dislike..also, I remember his funeral on tv, when I was 11..very heavy, very miserable and seemed to go on and on..the narration is very good..and whilst it hasn't enamoured me to this man..it is an interesting piece of history..gives you a good bit of background..I've still no time for his family..they made £10 million by selling his'..papers back to us!!! Typical Tories!!

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